All State of Indiana hunting laws are enforced on National Forest land. An array of hunting experiences can be found, from remote walk-in areas to easily accessible lands near roads. Hunting is permitted on all national forest lands except for designated recreation areas and Pioneer Mothers Memorial Forest south of Paoli.
Discharging a firearm (including a bow and arrow) is prohibited in or within 150 yards of a developed recreation site, a residence, or any place where people are likely to be. Shooting across bodies of water is also prohibited.
Private land is interspersed with public land and you must obtain written permission from the private landowner to hunt on their property. Obtain a map and use caution to ensure you don't inadvertently stray off public land onto private.
The Forest Service and the Indiana Department of Resources, Division of Wildlife have forged a strong partnership to provide you with the best hunting opportunities possible. The Forest Service works to improve and monitor wildlife habitat and constructs and maintains access points. The Indiana DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife surveys fish and wildlife populations, recommends harvest regulations, and coordinates stocking programs for Forest lands and waters. Let us know how we are doing.
In addition, volunteers are always needed to help with habitat improvement projects. A variety of volunteer opportunities is available. Call or email for more information.
2019 Hunting Data
According to hunter reports made to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, 953 deer were harvested from the Hoosier National Forest during the 2019-20 hunting season. Of those, 411 were antlered, 99 were button bucks, and 443 were antlerless deer.
For more information on deer hunting in Indiana download the 2019 Deer Summary Report